We are following the NY state and NYC guidelines for re-opening safely and we look forward to seeing anyone who can make it to services in person and everyone else online! Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any other questions, please email: main@TrinityNY.org
July 31, 2020 Update
Q: When will Trinity have an in-person service?
We are planning to have the first in-person service on August 9th at 10am. We will have very limited seating capacity per NY state and city guidelines.
Q: Is registration required to attend Sunday services?
Yes, beginning August 5th, all those planning to attend must reserve a seat in advance due to our limited capacity. Registration will be available starting every Wednesday at 12pm for the upcoming Sunday here on our website. Registration will close when we reach our limit, but we will leave space for walk-ins on Sunday who will be asked to fill out the form onsite. You will receive a confirmation email. You don’t need to bring it with you. But if you need to cancel, please follow the instructions in the confirmation email to allow others a chance to take your place in the service.
Q: What time should I arrive?
We ask that you arrive by 9:45 am so that we may seat you.
Q: Where will I sit?
You will be directed by an usher to sit only in designated seats that are distanced at least 6 feet apart.
Q: Will there be communion?
Yes. We will have individually pre-packaged communion available in the pews.
Q: Will there be congregational singing?
Yes. Attendees may sing while wearing masks or may choose to just participate silently.
Q: Will there be bulletins?
No, at this time there will not be printed bulletins. We recommend you visit the Announcements page online.
Q: Will there be Coffee Hour?
No, we will not have any food or drink in the building, but we encourage you to meet with each other outside at a safe distance. Unfortunately, we will not be able to use Fellowship Hall as a place to fellowship at this time. Although it is tempting to stay and chat, we ask that you do not linger in the sanctuary or in Fellowship Hall after the service.
Q: Will there be childcare or Sunday School?
Sorry, but there will not be childcare or Sunday School at this time. The service will be family friendly and we encourage you to have your child/ren sit with you. The service will be less than an hour. We hope to offer both childcare and Sunday School in the fall.
Q: How can I give my offering?
At this time, we ask that you donate online (TrinityNY.org/giving) or leave your offering in the boxes in the narthex.
Q: Will restrooms be available?
Yes, the restrooms will be open – limited to two people at a time.
Q: What are the guidelines I should follow while attending services?
Please wear a face covering or mask while in the church building (masks are not required for children under 2. Maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others. If you develop any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, we request that you refrain from joining us in person and watch online on our YouTube channel or on Facebook Live.
Q: I’m unable to attend the service. Where can I watch the service online?
Trinity will continue to livestream the service to our YouTube channel at 10:00 am. Please feel free to tune in then or any time after that. It will also be available on Facebook at 11:15 am. Please subscribe on YouTube and follow Trinity on Facebook to stay engaged with us as we continue to worship together.
July 14, 2020 Update
Q: When do we expect Trinity to reopen?
A: As of July 14, 2020, the building is still CLOSED to the public.
Only staff and the worship team are entering the building using the NY State Department of Health’s guidelines for a safe reopening, including social distancing, masks, and COVID prescreening.
The staff has been coming in Sundays-Wednesdays and the worship team has been filming on Sundays for our online worship service. This schedule leaves time for the building to be sanitized on the other days by our facilities team.
To ensure that we provide a safe and clean environment for you, we are targeting August 9th for our first in-person Sunday service.
Please stay tuned for details!
June 25, 2020 Update
Q: Is the Trinity building open?
A: As of June 25, 2020, the building is still closed to the public. However, as NYC moved into Phase 2 of the reopening of the state on June 22, we are currently allowed to open. In our first steps of reopening, we are allowing staff and the worship team to enter the building using the NY State Department of Health’s guidelines for a safe reopening, including social distancing, masks, and COVID prescreening. The building is being sanitized and some maintenance work is also resuming.
Q: When will Trinity reopen to the public?
A: The leadership at Trinity has been wrestling with this question and praying about it through the time of the COVID pandemic. It is not an easy question to answer as many factors are involved. We have to consider the safety of the congregants as well as the staff. We have to prepare to reopen in a safe way that also allows us to accomplish our mission. At this time, we feel that the restrictions on in-person meetings are not worth opening for how few people would be allowed in the building at a time.
That being said, we anticipate possibly opening in a few weeks (possibly in July) when we are more prepared and also have better state guidelines for houses of worship. It’s hard to release a game plan when the guidelines change so frequently (sometimes daily!). But please stay tuned.
Q: What will church look like when we reopen?
A: Church will be a little different. It will feel a little different. And it will look different too. The specifics we can tell you are that we will have to socially distance ourselves and wear masks. The ushers will guide people to specific seats so that we can ensure your safety. And the services will be shorter, probably less than an hour. Two things we probably won’t be able to hold yet are: coffee hour or Sunday School/childcare.
What we will still have is… praise to our God! We will read scripture. We will pray. We will worship. Pastor Brian will preach some good messages. And you can see your brothers and sisters again… from a nice healthy distance of course!
We know that it might not be easy to adjust to this way of church life. And we understand that you might not be ready to engage in this way. But we will certainly continue our online services so that we can encourage everyone in our daily walk with our Savior and that we may continue to grow in our faith and trust.
Q: How can I stay connected to my Trinity family?
A: There are still many small groups continuing through the summer online. To see all the different groups that are available, please visit: the COVID-19 Crisis page or the Small Groups page for more information on the specific topics of study.
Q: Who can I contact for help?
A: We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 Crisis page and go to the Caring section to see who to contact for prayer, counseling, food, or financial assistance. You are not alone and we want to help.